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I really need a cloning device...

Oh St. Louis, when it rains it definitely pours here. You really should not have an issue finding something to entertain you musically this week in the Lou. Here is a quick rundown where I will be and where I wish I could send a clone of myself to not miss a thing. Get on out this week and hear some tunes!

Wednesday, August 7

Where I will be: Okay, due to some surprise Cardinals tickets, I will be at the Cards game for a little while. It IS Star Wars night at Busch, so I am excited that I got some tickets as a surprise, but there are shows to go to dangit! The show of choice for me this night will be Tim Barry and Cory Branan at The Demo. These two guys individually put on great shows, so seeing them on the same bill is going to be amazing. Bryan McPherson opens. Doors are at 7:30/show starts at 8:30, 18+, $12. Tickets available here.

Where I would send my clone: Opening night of the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway. The first night of the fest showcasing the Wild Rovers Tour featuring Cory Chisel, The Candles, Adriel Denae, Space Woman, and a very special guest. (Read these articles here and here on a pretty good hint as to who the special guest is. Edit: Just as I was about to post this, this story popped up.) This is going to be an absolutely amazing show and I will be kicking myself for not going to it, but that really is how much I love Tim Barry and Cory Branan. Doors are at 7:30/show starts at 8:30, $15 for folks 21+, $18 for folks 21-. Tickets available here.

Thursday, August 8

Where I will be: Night Two of the Open Highway Music Festival. I really should not have to say anything other than Lucero for you to know why this is a do not miss show. Add in the fact that Kentucky Knife Fight and Jesse Irwin are opening and you have a candidate for show of the year. Seriously folks get there early, you will not want to miss any of the acts. This show is going to be absolutely ridiculous amounts of fun. Come out and raise a tallboy of Stag or PBR and join in on the debauchery. Doors are at 7/ show starts at 7:30, $20 for folks 21+, $23 for folks 21-. Tickets available here.

Where I would send my clone: Hemmingbirds, brotherfather, Wildeyed, and We Should Leave This Tree at Plush. To be honest, I am not familiar with most of the bands on this lineup. I can tell you however that brotherfather are more than worth heading to this show even though I am not familiar with the other bands. You may have checked out our first podcast featuring John Krane, singer, guitarist, songwriter of brotherfather. If you have not, give it a listen to get a taste of brotherfather as well as some of John's solo material. John has a great voice, writes extremely solid songs, and has an equally solid band in brotherfather. Doors are at 8, 18+, $5 at the door.

Friday, August 9 and Saturday August 10

Where I will be: Little Rock, Arkansas. Okay, so this is supposed to be about shows in the Lou, but I will be heading out-of-town for the weekend. And yes, this has to do with Lucero. The Lucero Family Picnic will be taking place in Little Rock this year and I just cannot make myself miss it. I won't go into the details of the show, but it is definitely something not to be missed for diehard Lucero fans. I will also be spending Friday night before the show at the wonderful White Water Tavern. I am predicting too much fun for any one person to handle, but I am willing to tempt it.

Where I would send my clone: Nights Three and Four of the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway. Last year was the first year for the Open Highway Fest and it was a hell of a fun time with a great lineup. The lineup this year is even more impressive and promises to be even more fun. It really does bum me out that I am going to miss the last two nights due to being in Little Rock. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, poor me, I know.) Night Three on Friday, August 9 features Those Darlins, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and Via Dove. Night Four on Saturday, August 10 features Murder By Death, Otis Gibbs, and Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Both nights promise great nationally touring bands mixed with a couple of the finest the Lou has to offer. Doors are at 7/ show starts at 7:30, $15 for folks 21+, $18 for folks 21- on both nights. Tickets available here.

Those are my choices for the week, what are yours? Let us know in the comments. Get out and see some amazing bands this week, cheers!

Upcoming Shows - June [Concert Calendar]

June Fri 6/3 Dread Zeppelin - Duck Room

Fri 6/3 Ben Sollee – The Old Rock House

Fri 6/3 Yeasayer w/Smith Westerns – Blue Note (Columbia, MO)

Sat 6/4 Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers

Sun 6/5 Mumford and Sons w/ The Low Anthem and Matthew & the Atlas - The Pageant - SOLD OUT

Sun 6/5 Alejandro Escovedo - Old Rock House

Mon 6/6 Bright Eyes – The Pageant

Wed 6/8 Tab Benoit – Broadway Oyster Bar

Wed 6/8 Neon Indian – Firebird

Wed 6/8 to Sat 6/11 - Twangfest presented by 88.1 KDHX Hayes Carll, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Robbie Fulks, Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3, The Baseball Project and more

Fri 6/10 Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers - The Pageant

Fri 6/10 Antlers – Firebird

Sat 6/11 The Blind Eyes – Off Broadway [CD Release party]

Sat 6/11 Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown featuring Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson – World Shooting & Rec. Center, Sparta, Ill.

Mon 6/13 The Head and the Heart w/Abigail Washburn - Duck Room

Tue 6/14 Clare Burson – Off Broadway

Tue 6/14 Old Crow Medicine Show – Blue Note (Columbia, MO)

Wed 6/15 Robert Plant & the Band of Joy - Fox Theatre

Wed 6/15 Thao w/Mirah – Off Broadway

Wed 6/15 Detroit Cobras – Firebird

Wed 6/15 Sondre Lerche – Old Rockhouse

Fri 6/17 Brad Paisley – Verizon Wireless Amp.

Sun 6/19 My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult – Firebird

Sun 6/19 Ian McLagen – Off Broadway

Mon 6/20 Yo La Tengo - The Blue Note (Columbia, MO)

Tues 6/21 Lyle Lovett w/John Hiatt - Fox Theatre

Wed 6/22 Motley Crue w/Poison and The New York Dolls – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Wed 6/22 Slaid Cleaves – Off Broadway

Thurs 6/23 Chris Mills w/ Magnolia Summer – Off Broadway

Thurs 6/23 Matt and Kim – The Pageant

Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine debut new song via new video project

Last week, a press release from Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine showed up about an ambitious new project they were involved with a couple of weeks ago. Love Drunk studio, a live music video project out of Omaha, Nebraska, came to St. Louis on April 30th to shoot a live, one-take music video with St. Louis indie folk duo Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine. The band and crew spent part of an afternoon in an undisclosed warehouse in South St. Louis shooting the video.

You can watch the video of Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine - "These Years" below.  "These Years" is a new, unreleased track by Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine.

Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine: These Years from Love Drunk on Vimeo.

The press release advised that "the video shoot with Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine is part of a tour in which the folks of Love Drunk are shooting live sessions of 16 bands in 15 days, in 13 cities, for free.  These live, one-take music video sessions are featured on hearnebraska.org, which is a non-profit cultural organization that cultivates the state's vibrant, fertile music and arts community."

Recently I caught up with Morgan out on the town and she advised there are plans to make a record later in the year, but the schedule may be dictated by the producer's decision to go back to graduate school.

Next Friday, May 20 you can catch Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine playing the 10:00 p.m. slot at the "Home Grown Showcase" with Warm Jets USA, Ellen the Felon & the , and Riley James & the Bad Men at The Pageant in the U-City Loop.

In June, the folk duo will also play during Twangfest 15 presented by 88.1 KDHX. The show at Blueberry Hill Duck Room on June 9 with Jill Andrews, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, and Eileen Rose & the Holy Wreck.

And mark your calendars for July 8 when Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine will play The Sheldon with Kentucky Knife Fight and Pretty Little Empire.

Upcoming Shows - May [Concert Calendar]

May Mon 5/2 Fake Problems w/Pomegranates – Off Broadway

Tues 5/3 Joe Pug – Off Broadway

Wed 5/4 Wayne “The Train” Hancock – The Gramaphone

Wed 5/4 Social Distortion – The Pageant

Thurs 5/4 Colin Hay - The Old Rock House

Fri 5/6 The Red Clay Ramblers - Sheldon Concert Hall

Fri 5/6 & Sat 5/7 Brewer & Shipley - Focal Point

Fri 5/6 Tobacco w/Beans – Off Broadway

Sat 5/7 Kentucky Knife Fight w/ Whiskey Folk Ramblers and The Rats & People Orchestra - Off Broadway

Sun 5/8 Ted Leo – Off Broadway (rescheduled from February)

Tues 5/10 Rise Against w/Bad Religion – Pop’s

Thurs 5/12 Bill Frisell – The Old Rock House

Fri 5/13 Marshall Crenshaw w/Freedy Johnston – The Old Rock House

Fri 5/13 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Off Broadway

Fri 5/13 Captured! By Robots – Firebird

Sat 5/14 Rock Hill Academy w/ DiBiase - Stagger Inn...Again

Sat 5/14 Franklin Felix w/ Megafauna and Tok - The Tap Room

Mon 5/16 Raekwon (of the Wu-Tang Clan) – Firebird

Tues 5/17 Holly Golightly and the Broke-Offs – Firebird

Tues 5/17 Warren Haynes Band - The Pageant

Wed 5/18 Slobberbone – Off Broadway

Wed 5/18 Elizabeth & the Catapult – The Old Rock House

Sun 5/22 D.R.I. – Firebird

Mon 5/23 Johnny Flynn – The Duck Room

Tues 5/24 Over the Rhine – The Old Rock House

Wed 5/25 Danzig – Pop’s

Wed 5/25 The Growlers – The Old Rock House

Thurs 5/26 Little Feat – The Old Rock House

Sat 5/28 Jimmy Eat World - The Pageant

Sun 5/29 Primus – The Pageant

Tues 5/31 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Old Rock House

Sebadoh w/ Richard Buckner and Colour Revolt at Off Broadway - Sat. 4/2/11 [Preview]

For my spring break from college in 1994 I didn't go off gallivanting anywhere warm like Florida or South Texas. I called a childhood best friend then attending the University of Kansas and planned a trip to visit for a week. While he attended classes I hung out. Later, he and I would haunt the record stores of Mass Ave, flirt with waitresses and drink beer while watching college hoops.


On my way to Lawrence, KS that spring I booked a hotel room for one in Columbia, MO and bought tickets to see Sebadoh at The Blue Note. Then touring for their recent release, Bakesale, the band played a passionate set of indie rock that was as tight as it was loose; perfect for my early 20s self fully immersed in alternative rock. After that night, I went from casual Sebadoh fan to completest collector finding all of their main releases and tracking down hard to find singles on 7", import LP's, side projects, etc. Getting back to the room late that night and crashing, I awoke the next morning to several inches of snow covering the landscape. Checking out of the hotel, I hopped in my '68 Camaro convertible to finish the drive down I-70 to Lawrence to freeze my ass off for the rest of the week.

Filled to the brim with 15 songs of indie rock power, Bakesale, contained some of Sebadoh's best songs on record and one of the great album covers of the decade. The band abandoned the bedroom studio with recordings straight to cassette ethos for a studio treatment that led to a breakout album; their second with seminal '90's label Sub Pop. The follow-up, Harmacy, while slightly less gritty than its predecessor, still produced great indie rock songs by a band at their creative peak.

Currently touring 17 years later during the same late winter/early spring in support of their upcoming deluxe edition of their classic 1994 album Bakesale (due June 14 from Sub Pop), Sebadoh bring their lo-fi indie rock to the red velvet draped stage at Off Broadway in St. Louis tomorrow night with openers Richard Buckner and Colour Revolt.

This trip down memory lane is nothing new for the band. Following the lead of their '90s indie-rock contemporaries, Pavement, Sebadoh began a deluxe edition reissue program a few years ago. A deluxe edition of their 1991 album III was released in 2008 along with The Freed Weed and Bubble and Scrape (1993). Expect a similar deluxe edition treatment later this year for Harmacy (Sub Pop, 1996). However, the band has no plans to repackage their 1999 album The Sebadoh at this time. All of those demos, B-sides, rarities and live tracks that I spent hours and multiple trips to the record stores to collect can be yours (you lucky bastards) in one nice neat package.  

Cover of

To commemorate those initial reissues, a tour ensued with the "classic" Sebadoh lineup of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein and Eric Gaffney promoting the expanded releases to fans in the United States in 2007 and in the United Kingdom/Europe in 2008. Currently on the second leg of their latest tour, Barlow and Loewenstein started playing shows this time around on the West Coast to rave reviews. Check out a four-part series from Backstage Rider recounting shows from February here: (1) (2) (3) (4)

Taking the place of Eric Gaffney on drums this tour (Bakesale era drummer Bob Fay was fired from the band during the making of their last studio album in 1999) is Bob D’Amico, who has played with Lowenstein in both Circle of Buzzards and Fiery Furnaces. According to all reports the band has never sounded better which gives props to good drummers all over the world that you really can make a difference.

Recently, Barlow sounded upbeat about the prospects of new material from the band who haven't released an album of original material since 1999's The Sebadoh. Barlow told Seth Graves from the Nashville Scenethat given what's transpired on this tour and with the reunion records of his former band, Dinosaur Jr., he wouldn't rule out an album of new material from Sebadoh.

"[A new record] seems like it would be possible," Barlow says. "The thing that really keeps us apart is the 3,000 miles between Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, California. We'd really have to make a very concerted and deliberate effort to get together and write the songs."

If you fall solidly in the Gen X demographic, for one night you can go back to the '90s remind yourself what the music of that era meant to you as a listener. If you're a bit younger please come get a proper education in a band that pioneered the indie rock ethic. Your learning will serve you well.  Get tickets now though, according to the Off Broadway twitter feed you don't to be left out on the sidewalk. Let's just hope it doesen't snow.

Here's a video of Sebadoh performing "Rebound" and "Crystal Gypsy" on Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien promoting their album Bakesale circa 1994.

Playing before Sebadoh is Richard Buckner, an important Americana performer in his own right. Here he is performing at the 88.1 KDHX studios in St. Louis.

Opening the show is Colour Revolt. Here's a video of their song "Moses of the South" recorded for a Paste Magazine session.

Upcoming Shows - April [Concert Calendar]

The next month will bring some great music to the stages of the various concert venues around town here in St. Louis. Here is a list of recommended shows that comprise all different types of music and both National touring acts with some local bands as well. The list covers nearly every day next month so you have no excuse not to go out and see some live music! April 2011

Fri 4/1 Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three Record Release Party – Off Broadway

Fri 4/1 Webb Wilder - The Gramaphone

Fri 4/1 Flesh Vehicle (Tom Pappas of Superdrag) w/ Tok, One Lone Car, Damned Holy Rollers - Firebird

Sat 4/2 The Funeral Pyre w/The Secret – Fubar

Sat 4/2 Sebadoh w/Richard Buckner, Colour Revolt - Off Broadway

Sat 4/2 Everest – Firebird

Sat 4/2 The Great Crusades, Kentucky Knife Fight, Benjamin Riley – Duck Room

Sat 4/2 Dulad w/ The Transatlantic and Barefoot Jones - The Tap Room

Mon 4/4 S. Carey (of Bon Iver) – Off Broadway

Mon 4/4 Pretty Little Empire – Firebird

Tues 4/5 Queens of the Stone Age – Pageant SOLD OUT!

Tues 4/5 Lukas Nelson - Stagger Inn...Again

Tues 4/5 Listen Up Series featuring Irene Allen, Miles Long, John Krane, Mark Ahleers and John Lorraine - Focal Point

Thu 4/7 Cody Canada (of Cross Canadian Ragweed) & the Departed - The Old Rock House

Fri 4/8 Bobby Rush - BB's Jazz Blues & Soups

Fri 4/8 Raveonettes – Firebird

Fri 4/8 Oil Boom, Beth Bombara & The Dive Poets – Off Broadway

Sat 4/9 David Dondero w/Franz Nicolay (ex-Hold Steady) – Firebird

Sat 4/9 Cold Cave – Luminary Center for the Arts

Sat 4/9 Cornmeal w/ White Water Ramble - 2720 Cherokee

Sat 4/9 - Prairie Rehab w/ The Trophy Mules and Trigger 5 - The Tap Room

Mon 4/11 Cave Singers w/Pretty Little Empire – The Old Rock House

Mon 4/11 Young The Giant w/ Kitten, Parlor Knights - Firebird

Tues 4/12 Subhumans w/MDC – Firebird

Wed 4/13 Chuck Berry - Duck Room

Wed 4/13 The Del McCoury Band and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band - St. Charles Family Arena

Wed 4/13 Guitar Wolf – The Vault (Farmington, MO)

Thurs 4/14 Mike Watt and the Missingmen – Duck Room

Thurs 4/14 The Damnwells – Off Broadway

Thurs 4/14 Lyrics Born w/ Skins & Needles plus Nato Caliph!

Thurs 4/14 Zola Jesus w/ Cult Of Youth - Billikin Club

Fri 4/15 John Doe (X) and Jill Sobule – Off Broadway

Sat 4/16 Record Store Day - live music at Euclid Records, Vintage Vinyl, and Apop Records

Tues 4/19 The Fresh and Onlys w/Crocodiles - Billiken Club

Wed 4/20 Cee Lo Green – Touhill Performing Arts Center

Wed 4/20 Soul Track Mind - The Gramaphone (In Store @ Vintage Vinyl 5:30 pm)

Wed 4/20 and Thurs 4/21 Reverend Horton Heat – The Old Rock House

Thurs 4/21 Black Lips w/Vivian Girls – Firebird

Thurs 4/21 The Builders & the Butchers – Off Broadway

Thurs 4/21 Arcade Fire w/The National – Scottrade Center

Thur 4/21 Guitar Shorty - The Gramaphone

Fri 4/22 The Black Angels – The Old Rock House

Fri 4/22 Ha Ha Tonka – Off Broadway

Fri 4/22 The Rural Alberta Advantage – Firebird

Fri 4/22 - The Joy Formidable w/ The Lonely Forest - Luminary Center for the Arts

Sat 4/23 The Civil Wars – The Old Rock House SOLD OUT!

Sat 4/23 Lightning Bolt w/ Parts and Labor and Spelling Bee – Luminary Center for the Arts

Sat 4/23 Foals w/ Freelance Whales, The Naked & Famous – Firebird

Sat 4/23 Beyond Reach (Larry Lee & Randall Chowning from Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Focal Point

Sun 4/24 Maserati – Firebird

Sun 4/24 Star & Micey – Cicero’s

Tues 4/26 Deftones – The Pageant

Tues 4/26 Mountain Standard Time - 2720 Cherokee

Wed 4/27 The Decemberists w/Justin Townes Earle – The Pageant SOLD OUT!

Wed 4/27 The Whigs – Off Broadway

Wed 4/27 Jukebox the Ghost & Wakey! Wakey! – Firebird

Thurs 4/28 Stephen Kellogg (solo acoustic) w/ Tift Merritt – The Old Rock House

Thurs 4/28 The Scapegoats - Guitars of the Stars (Collinsville)

Fri 4/29 Kinky Friedman – Off Broadway

Fri 4/29 The New Pornographers w/The Walkman – The Blue Note (Columbia, MO)

Fri 4/29 Local H w/ The Weeks - Firebird

Fri 4/29 Dierks Bentley w/ Josh Thompson, Miss Willie Brown - St. Charles Family Arena

Fri 4/29 The Gibson Brothers - The Gramaphone

Sat 4/30 Bunnygrunt w/ The Kyle Sowashes and Black James - The Tap Room

Sat 4/30 Colonel Ford (ex-members of The Rockhouse Ramblers) - Focal Point